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“Novelist William Styron — whose memoir Darkness Visible represents one of the best first-person attempts to describe the experience of depression — complains that the very word “depression” is a pale and inadequate term for such a terrible affliction. It is a pedestrian noun that typically represents a dip in the road or an economic downturn. Styron prefers the older term “melancholia,” which conjures images of a thick, black fog that descends on the mind and saps the body of all vitality.Indeed, the title of his book — Darkness Visible — comes from Milton’s description of hell in Paradise Lost. We’re not talking about hitting a rough patch in life or the everyday blues that we all experience from time to time. We are talking about a serious, potentially fatal, disorder of mind and brain.

Fortunately, in most cases, depression is amendable to treatment. Because the illness is complex — involving biological, psychological, social, relational and, in some cases, behavioral and spiritual factors — the treatment likewise can be complex. Medications may have a very important role, but so do psychotherapy, behavioral approaches, social support and spiritual direction. (I attempt to describe these multiple perspectives for understanding and overcoming depression in my book, The Catholic Guide to Depression.)”

Source Article:  http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/depression-and-suicide-a-catholic-perspective

HELP: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

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